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Progress in Community Health Partnerships: The mission of this journal is to facilitate dissemination of programs that use community partnerships to improve public health, to promote progress in the methods of research and education involving community health partnerships, and to stimulate action that will improve the health of people in communities. (U Mass Med internal access only)

Massachusetts Environmental Public Health

THe Massachusetts EPHT website provides access to reports on environmental and health data in your community including tables, maps and charts that can be downloaded and printed.

eScholarship CTSA

UMCCTS Scholarly Publishing.  Access to online articles, abstracts and retreat proceedings from the U Mass Center for Clinical and Translational Science

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A collection of US data of health care, poverty, education, income and more, available as charts and maps on the national, county and, in many cases, city levels


The 500 Cities project is a collaboration between CDC, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the CDC Foundation. The purpose of the 500 Cities Project is to provide city- and census tract-level small area estimates for chronic disease risk factors, health outcomes, and clinical preventive service use for the largest 500 cities in the United States.


The National Environmental Public Health Tracking Network (Tracking Network) is a system of integrated health, exposure, and hazard information and data from a variety of national, state, and city sources.


Data visualization of the epidemic in Massachusetts

About CTSA Community Engagement

A community engaged research approach can enable researchers and community partners to conduct research to improve health. To help both researchers and community partners working with this approach, we have collected a wealth of information to assist with understanding health status and issues in Massachusetts communities, learning more about community-engaged research, and developing proposals for future work. Please use the tabs above to find information that you may need. As you will see, there are tabs to help find national, state, and regional health data. In addition, here are tabs with information on community-engaged research training, tips to understanding statistics, examples of community programs with evidence that they work, and research ethics. Please feel free to send us questions or comments as they arise so that we may offer assistance that you may need.

About Us

This Library Resource Guide has been created as a collaboration of the UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science’s Community-Engagement & Research Core and the Lamar Soutter Library of the UMass Medical School.

Looking for Data?

The Federal Government's initiative to make information and data more accessible to the public is creating a wealth of new resources for research. Check out these sites for downloadable datasets, fact sheets, policy statements, guides, and much more:

The home of the U.S. Government’s open data

Here you will find data, tools, and resources to conduct research, develop web and mobile applications, design data visualizations, and more.

Cost report data for Medicare, general information on Medicaid, public health databases and registries, information and databases on pharmaceuticals, population statistics, and more.